Mangalore: All eight survivors of the Air
India Express flight crash are responding well to treatment at
various hospitals here, doctors treating them said today.
Eight of the 166 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800
flight from Dubai had a miraculous escape after the aircraft
crashed and caught fire yesterday while landing at the Bajpe
Among the injured, Bangladeshi national Sabrina Haq and
Umer Farooq (26) are recuperating at A J Hospital while three
others are being treated at SCS Hospital, one each in KMC
Hospital, Unit Hospital and KS Hegde hospital.
All are responding well to treatment, hospital officials
22-year-old Sabrina, who is doing her final year MBBS at
Kasturba Medical College Hospital at nearby Manipal, underwent
surgery yesterday for fracture in her left leg and multiple
cuts on her forearms and scalp, Dinesh Kadam of A J Hospital
Dr Kadam said Sabrina, whose parents reside in Dubai, was
seated in the front row of the flight. She fell over a tree
branch as the aircraft plunged down the valley and exploded.
She clung onto the branch and walked away seconds later.
Umer Farooq, hailing from nearby Ullal, was seated in the
middle row. Sensing danger as the plane plunged down, he
unfastened his seat belt and managed to jump from the aircraft
after pushing aside another man.
The condition of Farooq, who suffered severe burns on his
face and legs, is stable, he said, adding he might be operated
Hospital authorities, however, refused to allow media men
meet the two patients, stating they were under observation and
needed complete rest.